Year of manufacture1982
Production period4(1982 – 85)
Waveforms3+1(Saw, Triangle, Variable Pulse + Pink Noise)
Modulation2(1 LFO + VCO 3)
Features6(Glide, Pitch-, Mod-Knob, Arpeggiator, Unison, Auto Tune, Sample & Hold, Osc.-sync)
The Memorymoog, released in 1982, was Moog’s last polyphonic synthesizer before the company declared bankruptcy in 1987. It was notorious for being unreliable, with issues regarding the memory, tuning, and power supply. Upon its release, the Memorymoog was an incomplete product, rushed to the market, to quickly compete against the Prophet-5 and OB-Xa. It had to get a few necessary upgrades, before really entering the synthesizers’ hall of fame.
Despite all the initial difficulties, this thing is extremely well constructed, and it sounds absolutely amazing! The 3 Oscillator, 6-voice polyphonic Memorymoog is said to sound like 6 Minimoogs stacked in one device. In Unison mode, it delivers super fat, up to 18-Oscillator, monophonic bass- or lead-sounds. Fun-fact: About 100 Memorymoogs were re-branded to be marketed to churches and christian music groups under the name “Sanctuary”.